11 of Emfuleni’s 13 libraries have no internet access

By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage:

Gauteng, arts, culture, sports and recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko must explain why 11 of Emfuleni’s 13 libraries are without internet access, despite the department providing funds and paying services providers to maintain internet kiosks inside the libraries.

There are computers at the kiosks, however none are in working condition.

These kiosks were installed four years ago, and when questioned, the municipality blamed it on the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

It is unacceptable that for four years these community members could not access internet services via their local libraries. Libraries allow residents access to government portals to register as jobseekers and make general use of the internet.

Only two internet kiosks are in working condition as it was sponsored and recently upgraded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

I will ask MEC Mazibuko during the next Gauteng Legislature what went wrong here, why the service providers were paid for non-delivery what her department intends to do to remedy the situation.

The DA will monitor the situation in the coming months.